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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Butte in Silver Bow County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

Duggan Residence

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Duggan Residence Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 12, 2021
1. Duggan Residence Marker
Inscription.  Butte miners called the deadly rocks that fell in mine tunnels “Duggans.” The reference was to undertaker Lawrence Duggan, who lived in this house from 1910 until his death in 1939. One of the first professionally trained embalmers in Butte, Duggan opened a mortuary at 322 N. Main in 1895. Perhaps he chose the location for its proximity to the Miners Union Hall and the mines. In 1910, he and his wife, Mary, built this home, designed by Butte architect Herman Kemna. Only a block from the mortuary, the stylish bungalow, which cost approximately $6,000 to build, stood amidst the working-class cottages of the families Duggan served. Behind the house was Duggan’s heated sixteen-car garage, where he kept his hearses. Active in Irish fraternal organizations, the Workingman’s Union, and local politics, Duggan served three terms as sheriff during the 1920s. Vigilant against the Ku Klux Klan—whose members he threatened to shoot “like wolves”—Duggan was likely more tolerant of bootleggers and moonshiners. Butte retained its reputation as a wide-open town throughout Prohibition.
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesLaw EnforcementNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 46° 0.975′ N, 112° 32.084′ W. Marker is in Butte, Montana, in Silver Bow County. Marker is at the intersection of East Copper Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, on the right when traveling west on East Copper Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 31 East Copper Stree, Butte MT 59701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lynching of Frank Little (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); From The Ashes (about 400 feet away); Butte Miner's #1 Union Hall (about 400 feet away); Tuttle Building (about 400 feet away); St. Mary's Church (about 400 feet away); Butte National Historic Landmark District (about 400 feet away); Anaconda Road (about 400 feet away); Corby Residence (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Butte.
Duggan Residence and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 12, 2021
2. Duggan Residence and Marker
The marker is at the top of the steps.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 1, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 1, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Dec. 6, 2023